After the Parliament, I went to the bOG market and shopping area – in the heart of Athens. Here are a few observations:
- At least in Central Athens, you will have no idea that the country is in economic trouble. All the brand stores are teeming with people.
- People are very courteous. Many are not fluent with English. But they will go out of their way to help you with directions.
- They call Marathon “Marafonos” (the best I could figure out). If they get to know that you have come from abroad to run the Marathon in their country, suddenly you are a hero. They talk to each other in fast language – with the end result you can (I did) get a free drink
- Remember the proverbial Greek nose – straight, pointed nose? I am yet to see a Greek with a Greek nose!! Chatred up a local guy at the bar and asked him what’s up with that – he let me know that Greeks have the most number of nose surgeries. Apparently Greeks are not into Greek noses.
BTW, I was checking up on Google this guy’s assertion. He is wrong. You want to take a guess which country has the most number of rhinoplasty (nose surgery). Take three guesses and then let me know how far were you from the answer!!